Archive for 01/2014


How much more evidence on community case management of pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa?

By Joan Kalyango

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children under five years old worldwide, despite being preventable and treatable, mostly due to poor access to care. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) contributes more than half of the total deaths due to pneumonia. Community case management of pneumonia (CCMp…

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Understanding the role of uncertainty in preparing for the unpredictable

By Prashant Yadav

The risk of a flu pandemic is amongst the top global risks today.  Scientists and public health experts seem to agree that it is a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ it happens.  It has been nearly 100 years since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, which…

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Medicine pricing and purchasing in LMICs: looking under the wrong street lamp?

By Warren Kaplan

The increase in global spending on medicines has been dramatic, with an approximate per capita increase of 50% between 1995 and 2006.  In a recently published paper, Nguyen et al. reviewed the literature on pharmaceutical pricing and purchasing policies. They found that no one option is preferred…

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Posting and transfer holds clues to the health of health services

By Kabir Sheikh

A contract health worker is posted in a remote health post, 700 km away from where his spouse and children live. He sees them once a year, using up most of his annual leave of 18 days, in travel. He has been applying unsuccessfully to be posted…

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